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Born: February 11, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, journalist

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This former New York-based journalist for rock-music oriented magazines such as Circus, Creem and Rolling Stone wrote his first screenplay, "Final Analysis" in 1984. Finally filmed in 1991, the psychological thriller concerns a psychiatrist who has a romance with a patient's sister. Wesley Strick is noted for the psychological dimensions of his characters like the disillusioned former idealistic lawyer and his enthusiastic protege in the courtroom drama, "True Believer" (1989), the small town doctor who is deathly afraid of spiders in the comic thriller, "Arachnophobia" (1990) and most importantly his reworking of the 1962 thriller, "Cape Fear" (1991) in which the perfect American family of the original becomes a dysfunctional group, with Nick Nolte, now a philandering lawyer who did not properly defend his client; Jessica Lange, an unforgiving and still angry wife; and Juliette Lewis, a 15-year old on the cusp of womanhood, psychologically seduced by psycho parolee Robert De Niro in one of the most disturbing and discussed film scenes of 1991. He co-wrote (with Jim Hart) the screenplay for the Jack Nicholson starrer "Wolf" (1994) and made his feature directorial debut with the psychological thriller...

This former New York-based journalist for rock-music oriented magazines such as Circus, Creem and Rolling Stone wrote his first screenplay, "Final Analysis" in 1984. Finally filmed in 1991, the psychological thriller concerns a psychiatrist who has a romance with a patient's sister. Wesley Strick is noted for the psychological dimensions of his characters like the disillusioned former idealistic lawyer and his enthusiastic protege in the courtroom drama, "True Believer" (1989), the small town doctor who is deathly afraid of spiders in the comic thriller, "Arachnophobia" (1990) and most importantly his reworking of the 1962 thriller, "Cape Fear" (1991) in which the perfect American family of the original becomes a dysfunctional group, with Nick Nolte, now a philandering lawyer who did not properly defend his client; Jessica Lange, an unforgiving and still angry wife; and Juliette Lewis, a 15-year old on the cusp of womanhood, psychologically seduced by psycho parolee Robert De Niro in one of the most disturbing and discussed film scenes of 1991. He co-wrote (with Jim Hart) the screenplay for the Jack Nicholson starrer "Wolf" (1994) and made his feature directorial debut with the psychological thriller "The Tie That Binds" (1995). He subsequently contributed to the scripts for "The Saint" (1997) and "Return to Paradise" (1998) before receiving solo credit on the thriller "The Glass House" (2001).

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  Hitched (2001) Director
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  Tie That Binds, The (1995) Director

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1994:
Co-wrote (with Jim Harrison) the screenplay for the Mike Nichols film "Wolf"
2001:
Penned the screenplay for the thriller "The Glass House"
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Worked as a journalist for the rock-oriented magazines including <i>Circus, Creem</i> and <i>Rolling Stone</i> during the late 1970s
1991:
Wrote screenplay for "Eddie Dodd," a never aired TV pilot based on "True Believer"
1991:
Adapted the screenplay for the Martin Scorsese directed remake of "Cape Fear"
1995:
Directed first feature, "The Tie That Binds"
1989:
First screenplay filmed, "True Believer"
2005:
Co-wrote the science fiction horror film "Doom," based on the popular series of video games
1998:
Contributed to the script for "Return to Paradise"
1984:
Wrote first screenplay, "Final Analysis" (released theatrically in 1992)
2010:
Penned the screenplay for a remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley, California - 1975

Notes

Strick's screenplay for "Cape Fear" engendered controversy when in several interviews Martin Scorsese ("LA Times Calendar" November 10, 1991 and "Premiere" Magazine) and Jessica Lange ("LA Times Calendar" November 17, 1991) claimed that Scorsese insisted on 24 drafts of the script from Strick and Lange claimed that much of the fleshing out of characters was pure improvisation. Screenwriters Nicholas Kazan ("Reversal of Fortune"), Robin Swicord ("Shag") and Michael Tolkin ("The Rapture") in a follow-up rebuttal called Scorsese and Lange to task for the criticism for their lack of generousity toward the screenwriter, asking why, if Scorsese was so dissatisfied did he stick with the one writer and not call in others and why would no director publicly complain in this manner about the number of takes an actor or director of photography causes.

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wife:
Marla Strick. Married in 1985.

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father:
Louis Strick.
mother:
Racelle Strick.
son:
Jacob Aaron Strick. Born in October 1986.
son:
Samuel Michael Strick. Born in April 1988.
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